Classic Irish Roots

Classic Irish Roots

From the JRTCA:

“Jack Russell Terriers are a type of working terrier; they are not pure bred in the sense that they have a broad genetic make-up,a broad standard, and do not breed true to type. This is a result of having been bred strictly for hunting since their beginning in the early 1800′s, and their preservation as a working breed since. The broad standard, varied genetic background based on years of restricted inbreeding and wide outcrossing, and great variety of size and type,are the major characteristics that make this strain of terrier known as a Jack Russell such a unique,versatile working terrier. ”

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“The Jack Russell Terrier takes it name from the Reverend John Russell who bred one of the finest strains of terriers for working fox in Devonshire, England in the mid-to-late 1800′s. Rev. Russell(1795-1883), apart from his church activities, had a passion for foxhunting and the breeding of fox hunting dogs; he is also said to be a rather flamboyant character, probably accounting for his strain of terrier’s notability and the name of our terrier today.

From the Wikipedia:

“The Jack Russell Terrier is a type of small, principly white-bodied, terrier that has its origins in fox hunting. The name “Jack Russell” has been used to describe a wide array of small white terriers, but is now most commonly used to describe a working terrier.

“A Jack Russell Terrier is not the same as a Parson Russell Terrier which is a breed recently created by narrowing the Jack Russell standard. The Parson Russell Terrier is principly a show dog, and israrely found in the hunt field.

“The Jack Russell Terrier is also not the same thing as an Australian Jack Russell Terrier or Russell Terrier, which are dogs first brought into the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 2000 and the United Kennel Club in 2001, and which are maintained under a different breed standard and which are described are being dogs developed in Australia out of dogs that originated in England.

It continues…

“Small white fox-working terriers were first bred by the Reverend John Russell, a parson and hunting enthusiast born in 1795. In his last year of university at Oxford he bought a small white and tan terrier bitch called Trump from the milk man. Trump was purchased based upon appearance alone. (Burns, 2005) She was the basis for a breeding program to develop a terrier with high stamina for the hunt as well as the courage and formation to chase out foxes that had gone to ground,but without the aggressiveness that would result in physical harm to the fox, which would have ended the chase, and so was considered unsporting. The line of terriers developed by John Russell was well respected for these qualities and his dogs were often taken on by hunt enthusiasts.

“It is unlikely, however, that any dogs alive today are descended from Trump, as Russell was forced to sell all of his dogs on more than one occasion because of financial difficulty, and had only four aged (and non-breeding) terriers left when he died in 1883. (Burns, 2005)

The terriers from this murky history of John Russells’ time have only been preserved in a few places in the world. Ireland being one of the few…

The development of the IrishJack

The Jack Russell followed the British to Northern Europe, Australia and the Americas.

In the states the Jack became the narrowly defined Parson Russell Terrier, most suited for hunting and keeping up with a a horse all day, and less suited for the home. Since the acceptance of the Parson Russell into the AKC, many enthusiasts of the working dog have said the quality is declining due to show-ring standardization and inbreeding.

The original lines of the small working terriers were preserved most in the homes and farms of Western Ireland. The Jack Russell terrier that we now have at IrishJacks has been bread for countless generations to be the perfect companion.

Where our puppies come from

We work specifically with one breeder in County Galway, Ireland. She has been breeding Jack Russells for over thirty five years. She has become the hub of our Ireland farm.

Through her years of experience with breeding Jack Russell Terriers and working in the communities of the untouched lines in the Irish countryside she has selected the best Jack Russells for our breeding program.

Her responsibility is to ensure the highest quality puppies by selecting the best breedings.

Each litter is raised by the breeding dog’s family so all of our puppies have the best care throughout their puppyhood.

When a litter of puppies come to the age where they can safely make the flight to the US our breeder collects the puppies from their first parents and sends them to us.

In over eight years of business we have come to know the great temperament and consistency of the Irish Jack Russell Terrier.

Our Breeding Program

The goal of our breeding program is to make the best, healthy family companion.

Our Jacks are bred primarily for the best combination of health and temperament.

These Jack Russells are hardy, intelligent and adorably cute, capable of handling themselves in work, travel and family life.

Our broad physical standard, focus on intelligence and a varied genetic background based on years of restricted inbreeding and wide outcrossing, and great variety of size and type,are the major characteristics that make this strain of terrier known as an Irish Jack Russell Terrier such a unique,versatile companion.

Our Farm in Ireland

The farm is located in County Galway in the western part of Ireland. The pictures actually do little justice to the natural and raw beauty of this area.Part of the farm used to be an old estate and has many buildings and ruins dating back to the early 1700 and 1800′s.

All of the puppies here are allowed to roam free on the farm with the older dogs and can be seen playing with the sheep and goats. The Jacks also play with the children on the farm and the frequent visitors from the neighboring farms.

This is one reason why our Irish Jack Russells have excellent temperaments and are great with young children and other pets.

Do Dogs Get Pink Eye

Just like humans, dogs do contract pink eyes and this is basically called conjunctivitis. Pink eyes are caused by irritation and it is basically as a result of inflammation of the blood vessels within the eye. Conjunctivitis is a condition that sometimes becomes a burden both to dogs and even human beings.

Red eyes in dogs are cause by bacterial infections that are viral in nature. Sometimes, red eyes are caused by allergies. Are you aware that dogs may develop allergies whenever they get exposed to allergens such as dust, mist and even moisture? Have you ever wondered why your dog has pink eyes? If so then let’s have a look at possible signs of pink eyes.

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How will you know that your dog has pink eyes?

The first way and the most simple of all to tell whether your dog has developed pink eyes is basically when the white section of the eyes suddenly turns pink. When an eye turns pink, it will tell you that your dog has a problem related to allergies but sometimes, pink eyes can be as a result of other external injuries. Allergies are the main causes of pink eyes but there are instances when your dog will get into a fight with other dogs and get its eye injured. An injury of your dog’s eye is however different basically because you there will pink one pink eye and not two.

The second source of pink eyes in dogs is caused by change of environment. For instance if you change your dog’s climate from dry and hot to moist and cold, then there are high chances that your dog will start having red eye problems both in short and in the long run. It is therefore important to consider preparing your dog for new environments before translocation it.
Some of the common symptoms of red eyes.

There are a number of common symptoms that can tell you that your dog has red eyes. These include redness and swelling of eyes, sneezing, constant rubbing of eyes, and discharge from the nose, pus like discharge from the eyes, frequent blinking and coughing. If you can closely examine these symptoms, you will realize that they are closely related to those that are vivid as far as human red eyes are concerned. This condition is treatable in as much as it is true that dogs contacts red eyes.

The Most Common Dog Breed

The Most Common Dog Breed

There are dogs that you will always hear people talk about them, praise them and even advice you to adopt or buy for your home. Some dogs are meant for pet purposes while some of them are meant for cattle herding and security of various degrees. In that case, the most common dogs are common basically because of the fact that they are popular and people love them. There are a number of the most common dogs you will always find in different parts of the world. Here are some of them that you can agree with me that they are indeed common and even popular.

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The Beagle

Whenever you have a look at their faces, you will always notice their innocence through the puppy-like eyes. They have floppy ears and soft skin covered with short hair. Considering that beagles are very friendly, most of the people prefer it as home pets. They are playful and are good for growing kids. They have a strong sense of smell and as far as sniffing is concerned, they can hunt small animals perfectly well. They can also be used for sniffing illegal substances in airports.

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is also one of the most common breeds in different parts of the world. It has also maintained its popularity for more than 20 years. They are common and popular basically because they have the ability to grasp new and old tactics and this has defied the saying which goes, “you cannot train an old dog on new tricks. The German shepherd has gained popularity from its size and stamina. Their stamina have enabled them to run quickly and they have a no nonsense look.

The Dalmatian

This is a very common dog both in the US and in other parts of the world basically because of its conspicuous color. It is majorly white in color with black small spots. It is very beautiful and this is the reason why it goes well with a cheater-like couch. It is favorite among families with kids as they can basically adapt various environments. They are large in size and you can always see it from a distance.

The Labrador Retriever

This is also a common dog in different parts of the world. They are friendly, loyal and good for families. They are perfect companions for children and they can be trained to do any kind of tasks. The Labrador retriever is the best as far as the need to have a loyal companion and a worker is concerned.



We feed our Irish Jacks Russells a variety of wholesome foods. Listed below is the food your puppy will be used to eating.

Eukanuba Small  Breed  Puppy

This is the foundation of our puppy food at our farm.We use Eukanuba because of its exceptional quality and availability worldwide. You can feed this alone to your dog if you choose.

Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health

This amazing food is made from the finest organic and all natural human consumption ingredients and is a major element in our dogs great health.

Its grains and vegetables mix with fresh meat (we use turkey, pork or beef) and can be a complete diet alone.

Dogs always over eat, it does not matter how much training or the breed. That is why you should always invest in a top rated automatic dog feeder if you are away from your pooch.

Table Scraps

Yes! Table scraps and human food. We feed our guyschicken, beef,rice, eggs, yogurt, or any other of your yummy add-ins. Stay away from foods humans shouldn’t eat either! Just like humans a potato chip once in a while is a good thing. A whole bag is another idea altogether…

This varies the diet and helps the coat become nice and shiny.After a few days you will know how much to feed them, portion wise.If in doubt, read the bag!We feed our crew of 4 Jacks (and the puppies) this same way and it is great to vary the diet and they love it, too! You can give them chicken, beef,rice, omelets, veggies,cheese (singles are a great treat) and of course the favorite junk dog treats –Pupperoni!

And remember no poultry bones ever!


We leave a small bowl of this dry food out all the time for our adult dogs. We have found that most Jack Russell Terriers tend not to overeat.

Otherwise we feed our Jack Russell puppies three times a day. Usually 9am, 2pm and the 7pm. This is a schedule that works for us here at the farm. You will have to determine what schedule that works for you and your pup, because feeding determines bathroom schedule!

Remember: Leave a water dish out and accessible at all times.


Your First Month

Your First Month

Below you will find an overview of what to expect over your first few weeks with your new Irish Jack Russell puppy. Please print this page and stick it on your refrigerator door!

The key words are highlighted to help you find what you need.

You can purchase most of your supplies from us when you are picking up your Jack Russell puppy, including the crate, collar, leash and the recommended x-pen. Click here for our suggested puppy supply list of all that you will need in order to provide a wonderful life for your Irish Jack Russell.

We have extensive experience with the right kind of collars and leashes, the proper food and best treats to pick out for your new life with your new Jack Russell puppy.


We recommend crate training until you can fully and completely trust them around the house, even when you are not there.

Crate your pup if you are not 100% watching them. They are only babies and have no concept of going outside for the bathroom until you teach them. They will not make a mess in the crate.

The pupster must sleep in their crate at night until they are fully housebroken. They usually will miss their little buds the first few nights. This is normal.

At night make sure the door is on securely and give them a treat before bed time. Walk the puppy last thing at night and first thing in the morning. This is the beginning of the housebreaking process.

The key is to associate the door, with going outside, to the same spot and then when the puppy does their business, give them a treat, tell them how good they are and return to the house.

During the day, be sure to take your baby Jack Russell out, on the leash, at least every hour to an hour and a half. If there is a need to go in the middle of the night, that’s normal for a baby puppy and they will let you know by ‘chirping’ at you. This should only last a few days or so when they develop a rhythm and will sleep through the night.

If absolutely necessary (and if no one is available to walk them) set up an X-pen inside, on a tile floor, and leave the door off the crate with some newspaper down. This is also a good solution if you are home during the day and would like some time to do housework or take a nap..!

Just make sure you line the crate with some old sweaters and shirts from anyone who is in constant touch with them. Then when you are not around, the scent will be on the clothes and it will make them feel more at ease.

Bathing and Grooming

You can give you Jack Russell a bath whenever they need it. You can find good quality shampoos at the pet store or from us when you pick up your pup.

With a Jack Russell a vacuum is going to be needed. We recommend reading about the top rated pet vacuums online before you go to a local vet and buy one (as you will save a lot of money).

You have to clip your pup’s nails about once a month. Be sure not to cut too short or the nail will bleed a great deal. If this happens, just use a towel and put pressure on the nail for about ten minutes until the bleeding stops. Alternatively a good nail grinder will do this for you.

Vet Care

All the details that a vet will need are be on the health certificate you received from us. The health certificate contains the vital information for your new Jack Russell puppy and a record of all the vaccines and worming treatments.Call your vet to set an appointment for your new puppy. See the within three business days of receiving your puppy.Bring the health certificate with you when you see the vet.

Your puppy is on a vaccine and worming schedule with us. You and your vet will determine the best checkup and vaccine schedule for your new puppy.

The vet will know what all of this is, and set you up with a schedule for the next sets of shots and boosters. Vet schedules vary on the timing of the rabies shot and on spaying or neutering. It is best to trust your vet’s recommendations.


We highly recommended a basic training class. It is the key to a great dog!

To find a school, ask around! Your vet may have a great trainer, or your friend, or a co-worker… If that fails, your local yellow pages should have a selection of training schools.

The best class to start with is basic obedience. This class usually runs one hour per week, in a group setting, for about 6-8 weeks. This class costs about $100-150 (in our area)

Your trainer does not necessarily need experience with Jack Russells, but just make sure they know you have an IrishJack and not the more hyper ‘Parson’ Jack Russell. Training class is also a great way to acclimate the puppy to other dogs and humans.

This also helps in building a strong bond of respect between the Jack Russell, and you (the trainer). This is also a fun event for all the family and it is good for everyone to know the commands they will be teaching you at your school so that everyone uses the same ones at home. Many schools use choke collars for training. This is a great and humane method.

Try to pick a school that has group training. Your little one may be a bit apprehensive at first, but that will soon pass as they gain confidence!

Some Basic commands that are taught at a school are:

  1. How to walk on a leash.
  2. How to sit and stay.
  3. How to NOT run out the door of your home, or jump out of the car, without a specific command.
  4. A correction word (never use your pet’s name).

Use your Jack Russell puppy as an excuse to get out for a nice walk in your local park. Jack Russells love to run and play with you and with other dogs. This is also great exercise for your dog (and for you!).

Once your Irish Jack has completed it’s full training you can let them run on a 25′ retractable leash. Allowing them to run before their training is complete will only encourage them to pull and misbehave. Also, we do not recommended a harness as this also teaches them to pull.


We also recommend that you ‘rough play’ with your little one too. Your Jack Russell will love to grab onto the other end of a soft toy or old t-shirt or knotted sock and play tug-of-war with you. This is good to start to do when you are training them as you can get them worked up and then you can stop the play; another way of teaching the puppy who the real boss is! It is also great for them as they get a great workout and it really tires them out too!

We do it here with ours, all 4 of them at the same time! They love it! So do we!

A favorite Jack Russell toy is a tennis ball with a slice in it! Pick up a six pack of tennis balls. Take a sharp kitchen knife and (carefully) cut about a 2 inch slice in the ball. What this enables the puppy to eventually do is to get the ball in their mouth. This is great exercise for their jaw as you will hear the ‘clicking’ of the ball as it compacts and expands again in their mouth. They also will spend many hours pulling the ‘fur’ off the ball and they will eventually will rip it into pieces. We keep a laundry basket full of the pups favorite toys right in the kitchen so that they have 24/7 access!

Best of luck to you and your new owner!

We are always just one phone call (or email) away with any and all questions you may have for the life of your Jack Russell.

Do Dogs Have Nightmares – The signs you need to watch for

Do Dogs Have Nightmares – The signs you need to watch for

This is one of the question that most people who don’t have dogs at their possession may ask all the time. If you have a dog or let’s say a puppy, then you will certainly agree with me in the fact that dogs do have nightmares just like human beings and even some of the animals. With that idea in mind, puppies do have nightmares and you can observe this while they are resting and sleeping heavily. Some dogs are heavy sleepers and you can always get an opportunity to observe them and hear them snarl or make some funny noises. With that idea at hand, it is true that dogs do have nightmares.

Signs that your dog is having nightmares

There are a number of behaviors your dog can present with and that will be enough to tell you that they are having a nightmare. The first behavior is barking while sleeping heavily. I am sure that you have observed this at one point in time with your dog.

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Some types of dogs such as Dalmatians will bark while sleeping and this occurs especially when the dog had been previously exposed to some sort of dangers or terror. For instance, if your dog had confronted a wolf and even a leopard a day before sending your dog to being terrified, then this behavior will certainly be observed in their dreams. If this the case, then it is enough to conclude that they are experiencing a nightmare.

Secondly, your dog can also plunge into the world of nightmares if he/she is sick. Sickness especially those related to the cerebral will send your dog into constant nightmares. When your dog is sick and the sickness has affected some sections of the brain, the dog will tend to remember some of the experiences which will be turned into nightmares. Whenever your dog is sick, you will notice that it can even bark or snarl for not specific reason.

Thirdly, the other source of dog nightmares might be as a result of previous trauma or abusive past. Some dogs especially those that were once stray dogs may experience nightmares not because they want to but because they have a haunting memory of the past. This will make your dog bark loudly, be aggressive and even shake to show that something is a bother to them. Some dogs can even mistake a red cloth with danger and may have nightmares of it.

Are Dogs Colorblind? Let us discuss

Are Dogs Colorblind? Let us discuss

This is a question that many have been asking and I believe that this is one of the question that many people have been asking as well. Are dogs able to distinguish colors? I believe that this is a hard question for both of you and me but I have a little insight regarding whether dogs are color blind or not. The first question that you need to ask your self is whether dogs can be able to select things based on colors. If you have a dog back at home, you can always feel free to do some experiment but let’s see if dogs can differentiate colors.

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Dogs are not color blind basically because of various reasons. The first reason is that they are attracted to more than dull colors. In other words, you dog can be able to distinguish between dull and bright colors. Dogs tend to get attracted to bright colors such as yellow, blue and violet. The reason behind this phenomenon is that dogs have a low perception ability as compared to human beings. Human beings on the other hand can be able to see a wide spectrum of colors than dogs. But this does not conclude the idea that dogs are color blind.

Dogs are partially color blind. Just like some human beings are color blind to some specific colors such as green, dogs also lack green cones. From the insights shared by some pet specialists, they have expressed the idea that dogs can be able to see dull and some bright colors. For instance, from an experiment performed, it was concluded that when an orange was thrown away and a dog coaxed to retrieve it, it was seen that dogs can easily spot yellow ones quickly than dull colors as long as the ability to sniff is withheld.

If you have been wondering whether dogs are color blind or not, then you are now in a position to now tell if dogs are color blind by just observing them with various colors. Dogs can also see shades but they mostly combine their abilities to sniff together with partial ability to distinguish between colors. It is common for people to doubt this basically because various dogs behave differently when exposed to different colors. If this idea is not conclusive, then you are always welcome to do first hand experiments on your own just to make sure that you get the right answer for yourself.

Lifelong Health

Lifelong Health

Taking note of the following points will help you keep your little Irish Jack Russell Terrier treasure healthy and happy for many years to come.

1. See your Vet

Your puppy will come with a health certificate detailing its vaccination and worming history. Your vet will advise you on the series of boosters, etc. that your pup will need. Make sure that your vet notes the shots that your puppy has already received.

2. Keep your pup on a check-up schedule

Your veterinarian will discuss yearly vaccinations, worming, heart worm preventative, flea & tick preventative, etc. Find a good vet — follow their advice but don’t be afraid to get a second opinion and do your own research.


First of all, Jack Russell Terriers MUST be trained in order to be pleasant additions to the family.Secondly, constant and consistent training provide the mental stimulation a Jack needs. The bond that develops through training is priceless. Learn from a professional training school how to train your dog.

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4. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise

These are high-energy little dogs.If they do not have the opportunity to expend this energy in a healthy, positive way, then- you are in for trouble.Don’t raise a neurotic dog, it is cruel and unfair.

5.Take your Jack Russell with you wherever you go


And when ever you can.Our Jack Russells are well-known at our bank, post office, local shops/restaurants, by the mailman, UPS man, meter maid,etc. The more stimulating the environment, the better it will be for your Jack Russell Terrier.

6.A good balanced diet

A good diet will make your puppy fit and trim along with keeping your little Jack happy and shiny.

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7.Treat your Jack like a dog, love it like a child!

You are guaranteed the purchase of a healthy Irish Jack Russell puppy.

We ask you to guarantee that you will provide a safe,loving and caring home for your Jack Russell Terrier.


As with all breeds, our Irish Jack Russell Terriers require discipline and training.

Our Jacks are extremely intelligent, we highly recommend that you take your puppy to basic obedience class or puppy kindergarten as soon as you pick him/her up from us.

They thrive on training and it really makes a wonderful difference in quality of the relationship you will have with your Jack.

A dog that is trained fluently with sit, stay and come will provide you with a dog that can easly go anywhere in any situation. After those commands are learned, advanced training is great for fun, exercise and the thrill for both of you showing off your favorite tricks!

We only recommend that highly trained Jacks be allowed off leash, as our Jade, Cryssie, and Elvis are now, after years of diligent and on-going training!

Below are emails from our owners about their training experiences with our Irish Jack Russell Terriers:


Hi, I hope all is well with you and the dogs. You asked me a while back to write a little something about obedience and agility training and how it has affected Kylie and I. So I thought I’d wait till Kylie was a year old and I could tell you about our first year together. Kylie turned one on Oct. 16, 2003. In our first year a lot of things about Kylie have changed, she started out as this high energy ball of lovable fur, with floppy ears. As the weeks and months went on, she lost some of the puppy fluff and her ears started to stand up, well at least the left one. We started obedience, puppy preschool, at about 41/2 months, as an outlet for all that energy, and for socialization. Kylie took to the reward based training right away, and she really enjoyed the playtime with the other pups. She was the smallest puppy in the class, but she had no problem with the much larger puppies, from labs to pitbulls, to a Belgian Shepherd. We took this class at our local Petsmart. She finished the class and graduated with no real problems, other than being a little exuberant.

I found a basic obedience class advertised in a local paper, and I signed Kylie up at about 8 months old. It was better than the preschool class because it was at a private home where there was much more space, and lots less distraction. This is about when I really started to notice that Kylie was getting much closer to me. She had gotten so much cuddlier, and calm. She really did well in the class, toward the end of the class our instructor introduced agility jumps for fun and to see if anyone would be interested in continuing with her agility classes. Kylie absolutely fell in love with jumping. She just automatically knew the command for jump, and we immediately signed up for the class. Agility became our new focus, and every new thing that Kylie learned, we became closer and that human/dog bond got stronger. Although again she was the smallest in the class, she had no problem clearing 8 and 12 in jumps.

We are still practicing our obstacles and she will do a beginners course (no weave poles) off lead. Next year we will start competition at the local trials. The JRTCA has beginners on lead classes, so that’s where we will start. She just seems so happy when she’s running the course. I can’t say enough about how “higher education” has helped make Kylie a great little dog. She love the attention she gets when I work with her alone away from my other dogs, and that makes her want to work for me. The agility work has been a great outlet for excess energy and as you will see in her picture I’m sending, she has a great time. Also the training keeps Kylie and me in better shape. I would highly recommend obedience or agility training to everyone even if just for the socialization it provides, Kylie is great with other dogs and I attribute that to her classes. In this first year Kylie has really grown into a great little dog, and what a lovebug she is. I couldn’t be happier with her.

At first I wasn’t sure that Irish Jacks were really a more “laid back Jack”, but as she has grown up I see that she really is a calmer less nervous/anxious dog than my other Jack, Lilly. Kylie is now enrolled in advanced obedience and I’m sure she’ll be great. I also wanted to tell you that we were at the JRTCA National Trial this October, and Kylie took 5th in Puppy Lure Coursing on the Friday, It was her first Ribbon. Shorties also took some ribbons in agility and racing over the standard size dogs. I hope that this is something you can use, feel free to edit any of it if you want, I really am not very good at writing.


Hello Susan,

It’s been long since last time I wrote you and lot of new things happened. Pinto and Luna are doing great. Luna is now grown up dog. She has one ear up and she has light brown markings. She more lively than Pitno, I didn’t think that it would be possible. People here in Croatia are simply crazy for them.They are attending agility school here in Zagreb, Luna is in the beginner class while Pinto is an expert. Last Saturday he won his first international competition.

He was first among other dogs from Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. I must say that it brings me a lot of joy to practice agility with them. It looks like agility is in their nature, like if they were born for it. It is funny how they know when we are going for the practice, they start to bark and jump all over me when I start to pack my things and put them in the car. Clever little dogs they simply love to practice.

It looks to me that Luna is going to be even better than Pinto she is quicker and fast learner.

As promised I’m sending you some pictures from last Saturday.

Sam just finished his basic training and had a “graduation”. I have attached a couple of pictures for you to see. He is growing nicely and is still the best dog in the world (to me, of course)! We are just about to leave on a 2 1/2 week vacation out west, so I’m sure I’ll have some cuter pictures from our trip. I am going to start doing some informal agility training with Sam in August at the Bloomingdale animal shelter society.

The trainer’s name is Vince Rambala. He uses positive training techniques and is very good with both pets and people. He was the trainer that we took basic training with and the classes were very reasonably priced (for future reference –, in case you have a client that is looking. I hope all is well with you, send Nicole my regards.



The text below is part of the application questionnaire sent in by the Packard Family in Wyoming.

‘The biggest concern we have with getting a Jack Russell is that the dog will be too hyper, chewing everything in sight, destroying the house and running off. This is why we are opting for an Irish Jack Russell with a milder temperament. We do not want an ill behaved dog, and will plan on obedience training. We live in the country, and there is a lot of room for dogs to play, but we still want them to remain on our property.’

This page of our site is to show you the difference between the common perception of this breed, and the Irish Jack Russell Terriers from our lines. The most common question that we are asked is about the temperament of the Jack Russell Terrier breed.

The first thing to understand is that there are many kinds of Jack Russell Terrier. The taller version of the Jack Russell Terrier breed, is sometimes, but not always, referred to as a ‘Parson Russell Terrier’. The type of Jack Russell Terrier that we breed (like Toby on the left on the bottom), is known as the ‘shortie’, ‘puddin’ or IrishJack Jack Russell Terrier.

The IrishJack difference!

The Irish Jack Russell differs greatly from Parson Jack Russell, especially when it comes to the temperament. Having been bred in Ireland as a working farm and family dog they have dispositions ideally suited for home life. Irish Jack Russells are not a docile breed, but are happily spirited, fully aware of what is going on around them, and we all really enjoy the interactivity in this breed. With the combination of the great temperaments of our Jack Russells and our suggested basic training they are IDEALLY (see trainability) suited to home living, to being with all pets of the same or different gender, including cats, and are great with children of all ages.

On our web site you will find many pictures and testimonials from our clients and families who have young children, other dogs and cats, who live in apartments in New York City and on the beaches of Brazil! (all of whom were highly qualified before being allowed to have one of our Jack Russells)

Below are some facts based on our many years of experience with the ‘shortie’ Jack Russells and on the constant feedback and inquiries from our client families, the vast majority of whom have several young children and other pets!(the ‘shorties’) (photos below are from our clients)

Our IrishJack Russells…

…are NOT hunting dogs.

They have been bred to be beautiful, loving and attentive house pets that will want to go everywhere with you. They are a high energy pet, but not at all hyper or high-strung. When we walk Jade (who has been training since she was a puppy) most people know her (more than know me!) and come over to say hi! and she loves the attention.

…are bred to stay above ground, and will go everywhere with you.

That’s not to say your Jack Russell won’t go after the scent of a chipmunk in the yard, and dig the odd hole or two, but you will not find them burrowing underground in a hole that resembles the ‘big dig’ in Boston! 🙂  Also, they love  to go wherever you go, so get ready for a new (small) shadow, a happy sidekick and most willing co-pilot.

…are really a big dog in a little body.

Our Jack Russells consider themselves to be as big as any large breed and will interact and play that way with them. Our Jade’s best friend is a 150lb Rotty. They love to run and race around the yard!! They have wonderful personalities and love to go walking and jogging with you. Our Jack Russells do not need anymore exercise than any other house dog would.

..are good with other dogs, if well socialized.

Our Jacks do well with other pets. Sometimes there is a few minutes of ‘getting to know you’ phase, after that they often become the best of friends. Bigger dogs most times tend to ‘take care’ of the wee one and sometimes the little one ends up becoming the boss! More pics with Jacks and other pets.

…are a shedding breed.

Jack Russells do shed. We recommend that you give your little Jack a regular bath in a good quality shampoo (and keep them off your black Levi’s if you are going out!) Most of our Jacks are short hair with smooth coats, so shedding is minimal.

…require discipline and training, like all breeds.

As our Jack Russells are extremely intelligent, we strongly recommend that you take your puppy to basic obedience class or puppy kindergarten as soon as you pick him/her/them up from us.

They thrive on training and it really makes a wonderful difference in quality of the relationship you will have with your Jack. We only recommend that highly trained Jacks be allowed off leash, as our Jade and Elvis are now, after years of diligent and on-going training! For more see trainability.

…have a tendency to get along really well with cats.

We have many owners who had a cat before they got a puppy from us and have many glowing reports and great photos of how well our Jack get along with their cats. You can never be completely sure that any dog will be best buddies with your cat(s).

As with many other breeds of dogs that have a natural hunting instinct they will bring you home the odd ‘gift’, such as a chipmunk or other furry wild creature. Many of our dogs share their home with cats. Some simply ignore each other, and others play like best buddies. It is always up to the cat how the relationship in going to go :)

…remain active for their 15-year-plus life span.

We have even had calls from owners who have had Jacks live to be 22 years old! A Jack Russell will remain active for its whole life, so plan on adapting your life to include lots of healthy walks in nature, or just down the neighborhood to accommodate your new addition(s).

…do NOT require a fenced yard, although we recommend it.

Jack Russells, as with all other breeds of dogs should not be left unattended outside. Again, this would not apply in case of highly trained Jacks (like our Jade), who is free to roam without a leash on our property and never, ever once has gone on the road or too far off our property as she is trained to recognize side- walks and the edge of our yards. We have even seen her chase a squirrel and stop and the end of driveway!! Some people think we have an electric fence, which we don’t…

…are NOT destructive if left unattended.

One of the many reasons we qualify our clients is to make sure they are aware of the responsibility of having a dog as a pet. It is fine to leave them in their crate or pen for a few hours from time to time as long they have lots of toys to keep them entertained. When they are trained they can have the run of the house even when you are not around for a few hours. All you have to do is to make sure they have access to all their favorite toys.. And make sure you leave on The Animal Planet!

… are city and country dogs.

We have Jacks in all sorts of living situations ranging from apartment living in NYC to farm living in Peru (the country!). They can adapt to both. Again, we do qualify all new owners in a city living situation. (to the left is Bilbo in Central Park, NYC)

… are recommended as apartment or condo dogs.

As long as your schedule permits plenty of time at home and plenty of outdoor activity, you and your Jack will have a great life. Again we do not allow our pups to go to homes where the owners are away for long periods of time on a regular basis.

…do well with children of all ages.

Proper upbringing is the key. Children need to be taught respect for the dog and be appropriately supervised. One of the main reasons that people love our Jacks is they do well with children of all ages. Read our testimonials if you would like more details from messages sent to us by our owners who have more than one Jack and more than one child!

…like to watch TV and cuddle on the couch!

And like their humans there is nothing like relaxing on the couch after a long day of running around and always leave on ‘Animal Planet’ when you have to go out and have to leave them home for a while ..did we mention that already!

…are good guard-dogs and are NOT yappy

Our Jacks will let you know if there is something in the yard or if you have someone at the front door. They bark for a reason — they are not yappy.

…as with all pets, require a long-term and loving commitment from you and your family.

In your search for a puppy, please be aware of these facts and ensure that your purchase is from a reputable breeder who has the knowledge to understand and deliver to you the highest quality and healthiest puppy. As you will see below, this breed is not yet recognized by the AKC nor the JRTCA, so this situation puts much more of an onus on the breeders of this type of puppy to ensure it’s quality and strength of breed, and on you, the new owner, to work only with reputable and conscientious breeders who really care for their breed.

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